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Accident: 849018 - Employee Burned When Static Electricity Ignites Petroresin

Accident: 849018 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 10/31/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10614095710/31/19882891H.B. Fuller Company
At approximately 7:20 a.m. on October 31, 1988, Employee #1 was adding petroresin GE100 powder compound to charge a ribbon blender/mixer that contained 200 gallons of toluene, 400 gallons of heptane, and 1575 lb of kileykraton rubber compound. Employee #1 had just finished adding the fifteenth of 43 bags of the compound to the blender/mixer and had turned around to get the next bag. His back was to the mixer when static electricity in the GE100 caused an explosion and flash fire. Employee #1 suffered first-, second-, and third-degree burns to his back and hands, covering approximately 30 percent of his body.
Keywords: burn, static electricity, fire, back, explosion, combustible dust, powder, hand
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106140957 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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